CommonwealthFirst – A world champion in SME support

CommonwealthFirst supports SMEs to trade and invest across the Commonwealth. The programme was developed in partnership between the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council and Royal Mail with the support from i-genius as implementation partner in its pilot phase (2016-2018).

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A free association of 53 diverse English-speaking countries with similar legal systems, business practices and values, the Commonwealth provides the perfect launching pad to grow your business internationally.

Over the first three years, 100 leading UK SMEs were selected to become CommonwealthFirst Export Champions. Export Champions will be provided with unique access and support in their quest to win new business in the fast growing Commonwealth markets. Their success will be showcased as an encouragement to the wider UK business community.

Export Champions were selected on their potential for innovation, level of impact and ambition. Whether early stage or long established, CommonwealthFirst Export Champions will be ready to excel in Commonwealth markets.


CommonwealthFirst Export Champions

Export Champions – Benefits

As an Export Champion businesses will be a part of an intensive world-class 3-year programme with international support, which include:

  • Tailored trade missions: to fast growing Commonwealth markets such as Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, Nigeria and South Africa
  • Access to high level networks and introductions: to ensure you are dealing with the right people in country
  • Trainingand mentoring: support from leading UK exporters, country and technical experts
  • Unrivalled profiling and branding opportunities
  • Assistance from UK Government, Trade Associations, Chambers of Commerce and a network of Suppliers
  • Wider web platform providing advice and support to SMEs looking to expand into Commonwealth markets

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